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Is There Danger Lurking in Your Antiperspirant?

 (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as memory, kidney and urological problems, mouth ulcers and mineral malabsorption. There is even some evidence that there may be an association between antiperspirants and breast cancer.

The industry and the FDA maintain there is no cause for concern, but not everyone agrees. Even the major cancer organizations won’t rule out a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer.

What we do know is that chemicals in products used on the skin can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. But aluminum is not the only ingredient in antiperspirants with cause for concern. Some other ingredients of questionable safety in both deodorants and antiperspirants include polyethylene, dimethicone, cyclomethicone and talc.

So, does this mean you need to give up your underarm protection to avoid the risk of harmful side effects? Absolutely not! There are many natural products on the market, free of harmful chemicals that are very effective and safe.

But beware! Not all products labeled as “natural” contain only safe ingredients. So how is the average consumer supposed to determine if a product contains harmful ingredients?

First you have to read the list of ingredients, the ones in the tiny print that you sometimes need a magnifying glass to see. Then you need to be able to determine which of those ingredients might be harmful.

This could be a very difficult task if you’re not a cosmetic chemist. But not anymore. Dr. Christine Farlow, in the new edition of her book, Dying To Look Good, lists over 1300 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products and classifies them according to safety. She also lists 750 products, including deodorants, classified as safe and where you can find them.

Now, there is no reason to worry about whether your deodorant, antiperspirant or any other personal care products contain harmful ingredients. You can choose confidently and know you’re buying safe products. It’s clear, concise and easy to use. Take this book with you every time you shop, and you’ll never again wonder about the safety of the ingredients on the label. You’ll know.

Farlow, a chiropractor and nutritionist, has been counseling patients in health and nutrition since 1984 and investigating the safety of ingredients in foods, cosmetics and personal care products since 1991. She is also the author of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not and HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don’t Have Time For It.

Dr. Farlow is available for telephone interviews.

The book can be purchased online at www.dyingtolookgood.com for $12.95 or from KISS For Health Publishing, P.O. Box 462335, Escondido, CA 92046-2335. Mail orders add $5.75 S&H. California residents add 8.75% sales tax. Call 760-735-8101 for more information.

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